When I first started cataloguing this collection all those years ago I noted a number of items with labels like “For Bone Fide Scholars Only” or “Not for Distribution”. Naturally enough I copied those items first, guessing I was in for some esoteric treat or other.
Sadly, there is nothing new under the sun – my own youthful naivety was as common as most of the material I found. However, there were some interesting bits and pieces, some of which I have already posted. And here’s another – ‘the Angelics’ by Alex Sanders
There was, and perhaps still is, a great deal of interest in these pages now let loose in unsuspecting cyberspace. I’ve known Wiccan High Priests who would give – well, if not their own goolies, certainly somebody else’s for a copy. Writing on ‘the Angelics’, Simon says that after Alex Sanders’ death he asked his widow, Maxine what material could be made generally available and Maxine “specifically excluded” these teachings.
The big mystery for me is why – to my mind they are an incomplete example of standard astrological magic from the Renaissance onwards. Of interest though is the inclusion of Uranus (discovered late 18th century if me noggin serves me well) and not the other transpersonal planets (whoops, really planet singular now that poor Pluto has been downgraded). This could show an early 19th century provenance for the system. Or it could be the result of Alex himself, who was known to spend the odd evening getting pissed in a pub with a mate and a dictionary of Medieval English making up ancient laws and rituals that sounded great. Since these notes are a summary by Simon and Joanne Williams textual analysis, alas, is pointless.
Anyway, if you are a Wiccan and into these things – why not go study some proper Angelic magic? But if you’re a Wiccan interested in history or believe these Wiccan adaptations of tradition have power, beauty, truth or something I’m missing, then enjoy. In any case it’s now out of the library and into the net. 🙂